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MON - FRI: 9AM - 4PM
Weekends and evenings available by appointment.


Youth Programs

The museum offers a variety of youth programming throughout the year!

School Programs
School Tours
One-Room School Experience
Log Cabin Experience

Summer Youth Programs
History Camp

Museum Apprentice Program

School Programs:

6th grade students on a tour
Tours are available for all age groups, at a cost of $1.00 per student for a basic tour and $2.00 per student for a basic tour plus village experience. Extended experiences in the school and log cabin are available at a cost of $5.00 per student. Teachers and chaperones are free. Please contact the museum at least 2 weeks in advance by phone at 507-332-2121 or by email at rchs@rchistory.org.



Please have the following information ready:

  • Contact person – name and phone number
  • Desired date and time – Museum hours are: Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 4:00 PM
  • Age of students
  • Size of group
  • Length of time desired
  • Type of tour



Basic Tour:

Tours begin with a video on Rice County History A basic tour of one hour will consist of time spent in the Museum — Included is a brief video on the history of Rice County, displays on fir trading, Native Americans, Bishop Whipple, local industries, and a Main Street diorama including a general store, barbershop and jail.




Village Experience:   
(Includes the above as well as a tour of the log cabin, one-room school, country church, and Harvest and Heritage Hall)

♦  Log Cabin — What would it have been like living in a cabin like this one?
♦  Pleasant Valley School — Who would have attended a one room school and what would it have been like to have been a student there?
♦ Holy Innocents Church — Why were there so many churches in the county and what did they look like inside?
♦ Harvest and Heritage Halls — Discover how the appliances and machinery have changed over the years.
Extended One-Room School Experience at the Pleasant Valley School:

Seat work in the one-room schoolIn this program students will experience what it was like to be a student in a one room school house. Activities will include:

  • School lessons as they were taught in schools of this period
  • Outdoor games from long ago
  • Discussion about how schools have changed

If desired students can eat lunch near the school and compare their lunches to what a former student might have eaten. This is a two hour experience and can accommodate one class at a time. The fee is $4.00 per student / $10 cap per family, with no charge for adults.




Extended Log Cabin Experience:

Students will step back in time to imagine what life must have been like living in a cabin such as this. By asking questions such as; where would they sleep? What would they eat? What would they wear? Students will come to a broader understanding of what life was like in Early Rice County.

Log Cabin ExperienceActivities will include:
♦  Grinding Wheat
♦ Using a table loom
♦ Washing clothes by hand
♦ Using a “Yankee drill”
♦ Working on a rag rug
♦ Using a bit and brace
♦ Shelling corn
♦ Making butter
♦ Playing old time games

This is a 75 minute experience and can accommodate one class. The fee is $4.00 per student/$10 cap per family, with no charge for adults.


Summer Youth Programs:

History Camp:

Campers grinding corn

History Camp is RCHS’ summer program for students who have finished grades 3-5.  Camp will run from June 11 -June 15, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.*

Each day of camp participants will do hands on activities, play games, and have a light snack around themes in Rice County’s history: Monday – Fur Traders and Native Americans, Tuesday– Pioneer Life, Wednesday – One Room School , Thursday – Milling in Rice County (*Field Trip Day runs from 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.), and Friday – Family History.      $50 members / $60 non-members

To apply, click on the application link, fill it out, print it, and either drop it off or mail it and your payment to us at : RCHS, 1814 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN 55021

Museum Apprentice Program:

Join us for an exciting volunteer opportunity for students in 8th-12th grade! Apprentices will learn about what it takes to work at a

museum. They will:

  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at the Rice County Historical Society.
  • Work with RCHS staff and other volunteers.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Expand their knowledge of museums and history.
  • Discuss museum and history topics as they develop projects.
  • Help at RCHS during the Rice County Fair, and at programs throughout the year.Work on projects independently and in groups, such as exhibit design, collections management, or living history demonstrations.